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Opponents To Speak Against Home Rule Proposal

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The effort targeting Dallas voters to support a petition pushing for home rule for Dallas schools is facing more push back today, as a group of North Dallas education advocates plan to outline their reasons against the home rule campaign.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings became the unofficial “citizen spokesman” in support of moving the district to a “home rule” form of operation.

The group, scheduled to speak today against the proposal, believes home rule is about political control.

Yesterday, Mayor Rawlings and the city council partnered with Dallas school board trustees for a joint meeting to discuss home rule.

The Dallas proposal centers on a petition effort, with enough signatures, would move the district toward a public referendum that could change the district’s operating charter.

Critics claim the effort is a takeover attempt, headed by Dallas corporate leaders and the mayor, who want to restructure how trustees are elected.

Superintendent Mike Miles attended yesterdays meeting. Miles says he is already implementing change in the district, with or without the home rule debate.

“We’re doing a lot, making some gains, but it would be unfair to the public if we didn’t state some real challenges, to paint the picture of why we need to transform and reform our system,” said DISD Superintendent Mike Miles.

The council and board have created a joint committee on Dallas schools.

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